10/01/2008 11:00PM

Is R Charlie’s Angel ready?


PHOENIX – Saturday’s $50,000 Sun Devil Stakes at Turf Paradise gives the player plenty of options. A field of 11 3-year-old fillies is entered to go six furlongs, and they’ve come from various directions and circumstances.

R Charlie’s Angel, owned by the Bob and Beverly Lewis Trust and trained by Craig Dollase, hasn’t run since March but she may have seen the best competition in the field. She held her own in a number of tough South California spots, but really found herself when she shipped to Sunland Park in the winter. She was third in the El Paso Times there and then won the Island Fashion and was third in the WinStar Oaks. A bullet 1:12.20 work at Hollywood Park Sept. 26 hints she’s ready to go. Miguel Hernandez rides.

There are a number of potential spoilers, however.

Briecat shipped from Southern California in February for trainer Vladimir Cerin to win the Arizona Oaks. She was recently sixth in the Daisycutter, a turf sprint at Del Mar. She has 2 wins in 6 starts and her losses came either on turf or when she was overmatched in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks. Ry Eikleberry has the call.

Pure and Simple, from the Molly Pearson barn, won a one-mile race here in January, also named the Sun Devil. She also won sprinting at Hollywood Park in May.

Malia Sofia seemingly turned the corner at the recently concluded Emerald Downs meet. She won her last two starts there and now runs for trainer Carol Hubbard.

A.P. Flatter, trained by Bart Hone, won her first two starts, both on this track, in the spring. She was then third in a stakes at Ruidoso and fourth in an overnight event at SunRay Park.

Little Shimmer blossomed at Yavapai, winning 3 of her 4 starts there this summer. Lady of Mischief ships here off a 10-length sprint win at Canterbury, and W S Glamor Cat, another Canterbury raider, comes here having won 3 of her last 4 starts there this summer.